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Official Review: Beyond Despair by Shirley Hoisington

Post by Prisallen » 08 Jan 2020, 13:09

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Beyond Despair" by Shirley Hoisington.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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How would you feel if the person you were madly in love with asked for your approval to date your twin, who also happens to be your best friend?

One day, when twins Miranda and Cindy were fifteen years old, they heard a knock at the door and discovered the police there. They were informed that their parents were in a car accident. Both parents passed away soon after the girls reached the hospital. The twins were devastated. Miranda was stoic; however, Cindy became almost catatonic and had to be admitted to a care facility for over six months. Miranda, subsequently, felt she always had to be the strong sister, putting aside her own needs to protect Cindy.

Years later, Miranda collided with Roger one day while hurrying home with groceries. They met again later at a party and started dating. Miranda soon fell in love, but he didn’t seem to be quite as enthralled by her. Miranda had not told Cindy how she felt about Roger, wanting it to be a surprise. After they had been dating for a couple of months, she introduced them, and he was mesmerized by her. Roger asked Miranda for permission to date Cindy, not realizing that Miranda loved him. Wanting them to be happy but also hoping he will realize she is the one he should be with, Miranda gave him her consent. However, Cindy falls for Roger, and they are soon planning their wedding. It is now too late to say anything.

Miranda is heartbroken and has trouble holding it together until after their wedding. Then, knowing she has to get away from them for her mental and physical health, she obtains a new job in a different city to start over.

Beyond Despair by Shirley Hoisington is a romance novel with descriptive and easy-to-understand prose. The plot is interesting with a couple of twists encountered in it. Ms. Hoisington’s writing evokes emotions from her readers, drawing them into Miranda’s world. We feel Miranda’s passion and love for Roger and want to cry with her when she loses him to her sister. Her loneliness, when she has no one to talk to about her heartache, is perceived (her sister is the person she usually confides in). She is admired for sacrificing her happiness, so her sister can be happy. The reader pulls for her to move on and discover another love.

I enjoyed the author’s ability to get the reader to appreciate the passion in the story without erotic sex. All too frequently, authors seem to equate pornography with love. That is not the case here. The reader can practically feel the electricity without being inundated with explicit sex. However, scenes are described that are suggestive; an example is, “Miranda had no way of knowing that the moonlight surrounded her, making a silhouette of her nude body through the thin material of her nightgown . . . Her hair floated around her like a shimmering curtain of gold, sometimes revealing glimpses of her lovely form. As she finally turned to leave, he could see her beautiful breasts outlined against the material of her gown.” Her descriptive ability represents my favorite aspect of the novel.

Sadly, there were too many punctuation and grammatical errors in the book. They were not very distracting but were too many not to take off for. This was my least favorite part of the novel.

Because there was nothing else that I didn’t enjoy, Beyond Despair achieved a rating of three out of four stars. One star was taken away because of the errors. It is heartily recommended to readers who are looking for a romance novel for light reading, where they don’t have to do a lot of thinking about a long list of characters or a complicated plot. Because of the suggestive nature at times, it is unsuitable for children. No profanity was encountered.

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Post by Magnify3 » 09 Jan 2020, 12:18

I am still thinking of how to react to a guy crush requesting my permission to date my twin. No ..No .. No! Great review! I wonder ... what happens to Miranda?

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Post by SomeoneInTheWorld » 09 Jan 2020, 14:38

I think I'll read this one. This sounds like a great book, and your description of Miranda made me love her already and I really want to see her find love and happiness for herself. Thanks for your wonderful review!

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Post by kdstrack » 09 Jan 2020, 18:44

Many authors use twins to create intriguing stories. I appreciate your clarifying that the book is electrifying without being graphic. That makes this book even more appealing. Thanks for the wonderful analysis of this romance book.

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Post by unamilagra » 09 Jan 2020, 23:25

"I enjoyed the author’s ability to get the reader to appreciate the passion in the story without erotic sex. All too frequently, authors seem to equate pornography with love. That is not the case here. The reader can practically feel the electricity without being inundated with explicit sex."

This is a really insightful comment. I have never really enjoyed erotic novels, and I think you just hit the nail on the head as to why. This sounds like a story that would be more up my alley. Great review!

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Post by Prisallen » 10 Jan 2020, 10:03

Magnify3 wrote: ↑
09 Jan 2020, 12:18
I am still thinking of how to react to a guy crush requesting my permission to date my twin. No ..No .. No! Great review! I wonder ... what happens to Miranda?
I'm afraid you will have to read the book to find out. Lol. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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Post by Prisallen » 10 Jan 2020, 10:14

SomeoneInTheWorld wrote: ↑
09 Jan 2020, 14:38
I think I'll read this one. This sounds like a great book, and your description of Miranda made me love her already and I really want to see her find love and happiness for herself. Thanks for your wonderful review!
I think you will enjoy it, my friend. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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Post by Prisallen » 10 Jan 2020, 10:17

kdstrack wrote: ↑
09 Jan 2020, 18:44
Many authors use twins to create intriguing stories. I appreciate your clarifying that the book is electrifying without being graphic. That makes this book even more appealing. Thanks for the wonderful analysis of this romance book.
It certainly made it more appealing to me. Thanks, kdstrack, for the nice comments!

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Post by Prisallen » 10 Jan 2020, 10:18

unamilagra wrote: ↑
09 Jan 2020, 23:25
"I enjoyed the author’s ability to get the reader to appreciate the passion in the story without erotic sex. All too frequently, authors seem to equate pornography with love. That is not the case here. The reader can practically feel the electricity without being inundated with explicit sex."

This is a really insightful comment. I have never really enjoyed erotic novels, and I think you just hit the nail on the head as to why. This sounds like a story that would be more up my alley. Great review!
I hope you get a chance to read it, my friend. Thanks for the comments!

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Post by Tomah » 10 Jan 2020, 12:35

Miranda sounds like a fascinating character. This seems to be an excellent character-driven drama that should please fans of the genre. I might check this one out sometime. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Amberlily » 10 Jan 2020, 17:09

Twins are always an interesting subject, especially when it comes to love. They are usually so close... I can only imagine how world-breaking this was for Miranda. Out of curiosity, are they identical twins? Sounds like a decent book despite the grammatical issues.

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Post by Rayasaurus » 10 Jan 2020, 17:23

I'm sure I would have kicked Roger to the curb, then and there! I really feel for Miranda. Thank you for the great review!

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Post by rumik » 10 Jan 2020, 21:54

Ouch, poor Miranda! I am now very glad I don't have a twin, lol. Thanks for the detailed review!

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Post by Kanda_theGreat » 11 Jan 2020, 03:12

I'm impressed by the immense love that Miranda had for her twin to the extent of letting her have it all.
Thank you for the interesting review.
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Post by Laura Bach » 11 Jan 2020, 04:28

The relationship between twins is a special one. I like reading about it. This book seems very character focused. I'm in for that. Great review!

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